Originally printed in The Nairnshire Telegraph
A Nairnshire mother is claiming anti cancer injections left her young daughter crippled with pain for many months and is urging others to demand all the facts about possible side effects when considering the merits of the vaccine.
A three jab course of Cervarix has been widely administered to 12 and 13-year-old girls since 2008 as part of a UK immunization programme.
The drug’s manufacturer says it offers protection from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the most common cause of cervical cancer.
The UK and Scottish governments both insist it is safe, despite thousands of recipients reporting a wide range of adverse reactions to it.
Nairn Academy third year pupil Deborah Halliday, 14, opted out of having her third injection last winter however, having suffered a string of health problems apparently culminating in virtual paralysis.
The slim and previously fit and sporty teenager has endured severe pain and many sleepless nights. Her mother Sherrill is convinced her ordeal was due to an adverse reaction to the vaccine.